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This Independence Day America Welcomes 15,000 New Citizens

Written by on July 3, 2017 in Integration with 0 Comments
This Independence Day America Welcomes 15,000 New Citizens

Along with the annual fireworks and family gatherings to mark the Fourth of July, 15,000 new citizens will be sworn in around the country and take the oath of citizenship. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will naturalize 15,000 new citizens on Independence Day. USCIS will kick off the naturalizations with more […]

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In the Days of Deportation, All Immigrants Are Targets

In the Days of Deportation, All Immigrants Are Targets

Since the Trump administration announced its crackdown on undocumented immigrants, stories of individuals abruptly deported have pervaded the news. The accounts of longtime residents who have built families, homes, and businesses only to be deported after years in the United States may seem like outliers, but in fact are now becoming the new normal. Such accounts […]

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Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugee resettlement has long been a cornerstone of United States foreign policy, but in the first weeks of the Trump administration, the president attempted to suspend the decades-long program in favor of a more isolationist approach. One reason the president gave for wanting to temporarily bar the world’s refugees was their supposed financial burden—but a […]

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Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

After debate rocked the Texas State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) in May, which purports to ban sanctuary city policies and gives local police the authority to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Though the law won’t go into effect until September, it’s crucial to know […]

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President’s Tweets Dim His Prospects for Supreme Court Review of The Travel Ban Case

President’s Tweets Dim His Prospects for Supreme Court Review of The Travel Ban Case

President Trump reignited discussion around his controversial travel ban through a series of early morning tweets on Monday, in a move legal experts say could ultimately cripple his administration’s chances of restoring the ban through the Supreme Court. In these tweets, the president blew a giant hole in his legal case when he insisted that his […]

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Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

The new administration has demonstrated that no one is off limits when it comes to ramping up their deportation policies, and as a result community safety is in jeopardy. Despite the fact that they say their policies will keep Americans safer, data shows that members of the public are becoming reluctant to report crime—either as […]

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This Notorious Anti-Immigration Policy Architect Will Lead the U.S. Voting Commission

Written by on May 15, 2017 in Executive Action, Legislation with 1 Comment
This Notorious Anti-Immigration Policy Architect Will Lead the U.S. Voting Commission

President Trump signed an executive order last week calling for an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the American electoral system, in another attempt to give credence to his continuous, unsubstantiated claims that “millions” cast their ballots illegally in the 2016 presidential election. He has named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to head the […]

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May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

Written by on May 2, 2017 in Business & the Workforce with 0 Comments
May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

In a display of solidarity that united immigration activists, laborers, and business groups, hundreds marched through the hot streets of Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon to commemorate May Day. May Day has been historically reserved to draw attention to the global plight of laborers. However, this year’s events sought to draw attention to the frequently […]

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Children of Undocumented Parents Tell the Trump Administration: You Won’t Break Up Our Families

Written by on April 14, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Children of Undocumented Parents Tell the Trump Administration: You Won’t Break Up Our Families

Standing in the shadow of the White House Thursday afternoon, children from around the country gathered to deliver one unified message to President Trump: don’t break our families apart. This heartbreaking plea came from the dozens of American children that spoke at the We Belong Together Kid’s Caravan rally, the final stop of a four-city […]

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Failing Prison System Gets New Life—At The Expense of Immigrants and American Taxpayers

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Detention, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Failing Prison System Gets New Life—At The Expense of Immigrants and American Taxpayers

Public and private prisons previously crumbling under financial strains, reduced population numbers, and Obama-era regulations are receiving a boost under the Trump administration, thanks in large part to the president’s promise to fill their beds with undocumented immigrants. In fact, since the president took office, private prison stock has been on the rise. This is […]

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